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Led Zeppelin get a whole lotta love from President Barack Obama

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The Chancellor George Osborne should think about cutting the top rate of income tax, Boris Johnson said today as he praised India for having a more attractive regime for entrepreneurs.

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David Cameron visits Brazil to boost trade links

Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Brazil today on a trip to boost UK trade links with one of the world's fastest growing economies.

'London created America' Boris Johnson tells Letterman

Mayor says he has "as much chance of being reincarnated as an olive" as he has of being Prime Minister

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If you have seen Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, you will know they are the next big thing. As they tour the festivals of Europe, Sarah Morrison meets them in Paris

Screen Talk: Royal flush

Fox Searchlight has marked a comedy spec script from Easy A writer Bert Royal with a gold star.

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Comedian, actress and ideas guru Anna Faris is also a movie producer selling ideas around town. Faris just sold an untitled comedy pitch to Paramount based on a funny incident that happened to her in real life.

The Reading List: Stand-up comedy

Last week UK comics voted Daniel Kitson the funniest man in Britain. But what books should budding stand-ups not put down?

Steven Tyler thinks idols need time to succeed

Steven Tyler doesn't think 'American Idol' is the best way to find new musical talent.

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I tend to find any song with a recurring handclap motif hard to resist: such is the case with the new single by Baltimore artist Rye Rye. "Sunshine" is a giddy dash of electro rap – get it at ind.pn/ doyex7.

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